POSTED: Wednesday, July 17, 2013 - 5:11pm
UPDATED: Thursday, July 18, 2013 - 8:19am
RIO GRANDE VALLEY (KVEO NEWS CENTER 23) — Zeta cartel leader Miguel Angel Trevino Morales is uniformly described as one of the most powerful cartel heads.
Cartel expert, University of Texas at Brownsville Government Department Chair Professor Dr. Guadalupe Correa-Cabrera, says Monday's arrest of Trevino Morales is a big win for law enforcement on both sides of the border.
"He was very famous for his brutality, he was definitely a brutal chief of the plaza."said Correa-Cabrera.
Authorities say the Zeta cartel leader Miguel Angel Trevino Morales was captured by Mexican marines across the border near the city of nuevo laredo."
He is currently being held in Mexico City. Trevino Morales as known as "Z-40" is facing charges including murder, torture, and kidnapping.
Trevino-Morales reportedly ordered the kidnapping and killings of hundreds of migrants for various reasons including their refusal to work as drug mules.
Court documents also show that he coordinated the shipment of hundreds of pounds of cocaine and marijuana each week from Mexico into the US.
Correa-Cabrera says while the arrest is significant, the war against drug violence has not been won.
"I doubt this arrest will stop violence, end the war of drugs, none what so ever, there is so much interests in the business of the Zeta’s and so many activities that one arrest is not going to end an organization that operates in cells and different levels and areas."